There's been a lot of 'sphere talk today about SI's just-released lists of the best and worst owners in sports and that comes as no surprise. The role of owner in sports is unparalleled when it comes to being a lightning rod for controversy.
Boston's triumvirate of John Henry, Tom Werner and Larry Lucchino were christened by SI as baseball's best owners, followed by the Angels' Arte Moreno, the Cardinals' William DeWitt, the Yankees' Steinbrenner family and the Rays' Stuart Sternberg. No surprise that success — or at least the appearance of it — rules there.
Meanwhile, Orioles owner Peter Angelos heads up the list of baseball's worst purse-string holders, followed by the Rangers' Tom Hicks, the Royals' David Glass, the Marlins' Jeffrey Loria and the Nationals' Ted Lerner.
I don't have too many major bones to pick with the lists, at least past wanting to name Loria as the worst owner and knocking the Steinbrenners off the list after their new stadium fiasco.
I'm wondering what you think of those 20 other owners who didn't make either list. Should some owners like the Brewers' Mark Attanasio (above) get more credit and be mentioned as an owner that fans like? Do others deserve the brand of a 'bad owner?' If so, which ones?
Here in Chicago, I think the Tribune Co. (Cubs) and Jerry Reinsdorf (White Sox) fall into that faceless middle with their notable good moves being balanced out by their many bad ones. They're not among the greats, but it could be much, much worse.
What about your guy?